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Judith Lesnaw

Judith Lesnaw

My passion for photography developed in my father's basement darkroom when I was a young child. It simmered throughout a four- decade career in molecular virology at the University of Kentucky, and resurfaced when I retired in 2010. My interests span macro, nature, abstract, and experimental photography, and photo haiku. My images have been shown in juried exhibits, and have won awards. I use a Canon 80D with Canon 100mm, and Tamron 16-300mm lenses. In KY I was a member of the Digital Photography group of the CKCS. As a member of the Creative Camera Club of Lexington, Kentucky I was awarded 2014 Photographer of the Year. In my new home state of DE I am a member of the Delaware Photographic Society.




May Meng

May Meng

Mingmei(May) Meng has lived a diverse and interesting life, including a sting as a performer in a Traveling Motorcycle Circus starting when she was six. She is an artist , art educator, photographer, filmmaker and curator. She does most creative and conceptual photography and mixed with inspirations from insider of hearts and outsider of the world. She creates many art films and music stories to express her imaginations and philosophy. She has Solo exhibited her project" World She in NYC" Portraits Series on Times Square Nasdaq and Reuters Billboards, "Here I AM" -Women Portrait Series Solo Exhibition at NYPL Morningside Heights Branch, "Childhood on the Street" Solo Exhibition at NYPL Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library Branch, "Stranger" --Solo Photography and Installation works Exhibition at HI NYC Hostel, Solo Photography Exhibition "PIECES" at New York Arts Center Gallery and "Moments of Color" Group show at Athena Blank Gallery and "The Answer" conceptual photo essay in the TNC Gallery New York.




Valerie Pohio

Valerie Pohio

Val Pohio, Dip. Photographic Imaging, Licentiate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.

A Kiwi (New Zealander) currently living in Central Otago, New Zealand, I have a passion for landscape, travel and art photography. Whether I am stalking the light in the Maniototo, wrestling with an overload of subject matter in India, or immortalising scenes in the bazaars of Kashgar, I travel in awe of the diversity and magnificence of our world and the people who inhabit it. My objective is to capture and maybe share some of my experiences in a way that reflects my interaction.




Sandra Irwin

Sandra Irwin

I am a retired attorney turned poet and writer. After retirement, I got two master’s degrees in writing. I have published a number of poems and a poetry chapbook, Quiet, available at Finishing Line Press under the category of New Women’s Voices. I have also published 2 short stories.

As a photographer, I am basically without credentials. I started with a brownie camera as a child. (Anyone else old enough to have done that?) You mailed it back and they sent you the photos and a new camera. More recently, when my youngest was in high school and was on the swim team and in water polo, I bought a good camera and telephoto lens and took 10,000+ digital photos over the 4 years and did photo booklets each season for the kids and printed out enlargements for them of the best ones I had.

In 2014 I took a great photography course at Art Center at NIght (I live in San Marino, CA, next door to Pasadena). Three-quarters of our time was spent on Lightroom. Then I started my second MFA course, and I didn’t do any photos at all and forgot everything. Now I have graduated and I am working to regain my fluency with Lightroom and to master my new camera and refresh my memory about my various lenses. I love photography in general, but in particular I like doing aesthetic work, such as macro photography of something that is so close-up it is virtually unrecognizable. Then I work it up in Lightroom to try to make it look like abstract art or just aesthetically pleasing. As a result, I have joined both a Macro group and a Fine Arts group. I hope to improve my skills and look forward to learning from all the rest of you!




Marie Verrett

Marie Verrett

I was born in Shite City in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan. Denver, Colorado has been my home since 1997. The mountains are about 30 minutes from home and they remind me a lot about Japan.

I am a retired Air Force veteran with 23 years service mostly in the Comptroller and Personnel career fields. I currently substitute teach at various schools and volunteer in the community when I’m not shooting.

My first camera was a Nikon Coolpix 500. I had so much fun with it in the US and Japan. I attended a Professional Photography program at a technical college compliments of the Veterans Administration. I then purchased my first pro-camera, a Nikon D810. Still having fun with photography and learning as I try new things and share ideas with my photographer friends.

I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and a candidate in their certification program. I am also a member of the Professional Photographers of Colorado, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Focus Camera Club, and the American Society of Media Photographers.




Karl Leck

Karl Leck

Karl has been photographing for over 50 years, 24 of which were spent photographing international equestrian sports including 6 summer Olympic Games and major championships in North America and Europe. He has photographed on every continent. His photographs have appeared on over 50 magazine covers and in many equestrian sport and photography books. He won PSA's Smith Award for Photojournalist of the Year twice. He is a Fellow of the Delaware Photographic Society and the sole Master Fellow of the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. He currently serves as Print Director for both organizations as well as teaching digital photography at the University of Delaware Lifelong Learning Institute. Since retiring from editorial photojournalism, he tries to expand his knowledge and experience. He participates in several regional solo and group fine art print exhibits each year believing that the lasting form of great photographs is in the print.




Lauren Heerschap

Lauren Heerschap

Lauren Heerschap is a Shoreline, Washington native that has let photography take her all over the world. She has taken many award-winning landscape, nature and creative photos. She uses an Olympus OM-D E Mark 2 camera, and formerly used a Canon 6D. She has served as President of the Puget Sound Camera Club for four years and is currently the Vice-President of the Northwest Council of Camera Clubs. She is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). She has won many awards from these organizations. Her work is regularly accepted and displayed in local art shows, such as the Mountlake Terrace Art Show, Edmonds Art Show and Kenmore Art Show, the Washington State Fair in Puyallup and the Evergreen State Fair. She has been trained in the PSA Image Analysis Course. She has judged prints in the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, the Clallam County Fair, Seattle Photographic Society, the NW Dahlia Association, and various flower shows. More images can be found at www.laurenheerschap.com. Her prints are for sale, and can also be purchased unframed, or printed in different sizes.